Monday, April 20, 2009

Tagalog Conversation Meet-up

Can’t commit to a group class but still want to practice your Tagalog regularly? Come to the monthly Tagalog conversation practice group co-organized with the Filipino Culture, Language & More Meet-up !

Free to join and only a $2-5 donation each time. It's usually held at the Century Theater Starbucks, Daly City (near BART)

Details here:

ALL LEVELS welcome.

Description from the website:

Enjoy the company of others while speaking, learning, and teaching Tagalog in a casual setting! Fun whether you don't know Tagalog at all, or if Tagalog is your first language!


*Casual and open to all.

*Participants will be provided with a suggested vocabulary list & a mini-grammar lesson based on the level and questions of the participants at the time.

*40 minutes beginner conversation

*40 minutes intermediate conversation

*$2-5 suggested donation. No one will be turned away.


Why you should join

-Meet open-minded and fun people of various backgrounds.
-Have fun!
-Keep in touch with Filipino events in the Bay Area.
-Opportunities to learn and to teach.
-Its FREE!
-And who knows what is in store for you... only one way to find out...

Join us today! Salamat!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Tagalog Classes for Kids - San Francisco & Berkeley

These classes are designed to teach Tagalog to children in a fun, effective and highly hands-on format. Grammar and conversation study will be combined with interactive & kinesthetic games, songs and storytelling in Tagalog for a richer immersion in the Filipino language and culture.
Rolling enrollment: each class, while building upon past knowledge, also stands as a separate lesson--so kids can jump in and start learning at any time!

10 Saturdays
3-6 year olds: 10 AM – 10:45 AM
7-12 year olds: 11:00 – 11:50 AM

San Francisco dates (Bayanihan Community Center):

May 9, May 16, May 23

East Bay / Berkeley dates

June 6, June 13, June 20 (La Peña):
June 27, July 11, July 18, July 25 (La Peña- to be confirmed)

no classes on May 30 and July 4

* classes are prorated & sibling discount is available *

To register, click here.

Some FAQs:
1. Can there be a class where parents and kids learn together?
* For now, the classes for kids and adults are still held separately, but as always, parents are welcome to sit in and participate in the children's classes, as long as there's room.

2. Will there be classes in the South Bay?
* In the future, yes, & especially once we find a location for the classes (suggestions welcome!)*

3. Classes for teenagers?
* The kids' classes are designed for ages 3-13. For 13 and older, I'll be happy to organize a small group class on Saturdays starting at 12:30 PM if there's enough interest.(Berkeley and SF)

4. Are you available for private sessions?
Between my group class commitments, I'm open to having private classes at these time slots: Mondays & Wednesdays, 5-6 PM (SF); Saturdays, 12:30-2:30 PM (SF and Berkeley)... Feel free to contact me for other possibilities as well.

Advanced Beginner & Intermediate Conversational Tagalog

Intermediate Conversational Tagalog @ the Bayanihan Community Center
7 Wednesdays, 6:15-8 PM, May 13-June 24
(includes a cooking class session)

Realistic, situational verbal & written tasks will be used in the intermediate conversational class to further reinforce the student's existing knowledge of Tagalog. The class will also continue expanding the student's vocabulary and grammatical skills, as well as incorporate the cultural and social context of the Tagalog language.

Advanced Beginner Conversational Tagalog @ the Bayanihan Community Center
7 Mondays, 6:15-8 PM, May 11-June 22
(includes a cooking class session)

Not sure if you're ready to take the intermediate class? This Advanced Beginner class allows you to practice and review the lessons from the Beginner session. Also perfect for those with a lot of previous knowledge but needs a refresher course.

* Send me an email with your questions/concerns. I also call all prospective students to make sure that their level is a good fit for either class. *

Reference Materials:
I will be providing handouts for both classes, and strongly recommend that students get these two books:

Teach Yourself Tagalog by Corazon Salvacion Castle, book only (around $6-10 online) & Basic Tagalog by Paraluman Aspillera (2007, Tuttle Publishing, around $15-20 online)
These are available at the Arkipelago Bookstore on 6th and Mission (avail of their 10% discount as a Bayanihan Tagalog student!). You can also compare book prices at

Location: Bayanihan Community Center
1010 Mission Street
San Francisco CA 94103

Public Transportation (street parking is free and available by 6 PM):
BART: Powell, Civic Center

Fee and Payment Information:
In order to make the class more available to students, fees are based on a sliding scale rate with volunteer hours (volunteer opportunities available upon request):

Advanced Beginner & Intermediate Class:
$150 + no volunteer hours + $ 5 materials fee = $155
$135 + 2 volunteer hours + $ 5 materials fee = $ 140

Please register online here:
or email karen_llagas at yahoo if you have any questions.